Show 'em or fold 'em time for Salem hospital | Editorial

The Memorial Hospital of Salem County needs a lifeline to stay afloat. A foundation has a $50-million-plus lifeline, although it’s uncertain that anyone will be there to grab it.

In a nutshell, that’s what faces the money-losing Mannington Township hospital, owned by Community Health Systems, a for-profit operator that desperately wants to take the facility off its books. The company seems prepared to shut the doors if it can’t sell the place. A potential deal to do just that fell through in May.

It’s important that MHSC stay open. It serves a large chunk of Salem County, and the next-closest New Jersey …read more

Source: Cumberland

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